Beomeosa

Beomeos The temple is one of the three largest temples in the southeastern part of the Korea, along with Haein-sa and Tongdo-sa. It is also one of the ten most famous temples of Korea’s Hwaeom Sect of Buddhism (which preaches the doctrine of all encompassing harmony). Daeung-jeon (the main building)…

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Japanese Onsen

Japanese Onsen An onsen (温泉) is a term for hot springs in the Japanese language, though the term is often used to describe the bathing facilities and inns around the hot springs. As a volcanically active country, Japan has thousands of onsen scattered along its length and breadth. Onsen were…

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Jeju Island

Geography Jeju Island is a volcanic island, dominated at its center by Hallasan, an extinct volcano 1,950 meters high and the highest mountain in South Korea. The remainder of the island is formed by about 360 smaller “Orum” cones surrounding the Hallasan volcano. The basalt-and-lava island was formed entirely from…

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The Wonders of the Jangdokdae

The Wonders of the Jangdokdae One of the many words in Korean daily life that it is impossible to translate into English is jangdokdae. The commonly used term “storage platform” leaves readers who are unfamiliar with Korea at a loss to imagine what is being stored or how. If you visit…

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Tomb of King Muryeong

Tomb of King Muryeong The tomb of King Muryeong, known as Songsan-ri No.7 tomb, was discovered accidently while repairs were underway on No.6 tomb nearby in 1971. The Baekje King Muryeong (501-523) and his queen were buried in this tomb. The main chamber where the bodies are laid was to…

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Gat, traditional headgear in Korea 3

 Gat, traditional headgear in Korea 3 *This is the third part in our series, “Gat, traditional headgear in Korea.” Gannil—gat craftsmanship and variations The process of gat making Gat are horsehair hats that consist of two basic elements: the daewu or crown and the yangtae or brim. Although originally made of thinly sliced bamboo strands, the daewu, also sometimes…

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